Thursday, May 26, 2016

Still A Pretty Nice Thing

“Though marriage takes everything you’ve got and almost breaks you,
All in all it’s still a pretty nice thing”,
This was hubby’s analysis as he watched our nephew
And soon-to-be bride smile as they counted down the days to this Saturday.

It’s a give-all-you’ve-got
Or we fall apart
It’s as much a matter of mind,
As of heart
It almost breaks us
That’s the truth
As it makes old people
Out of youth

It will tether your wallet
And weather your brow
It will turn those raven locks
To snow
It will exchange 'me'
For 'we' and 'us'
It will brush away years
Like a fleck of dust

It’s never quite
How we suppose
And everyone who has
Been there knows
It takes a lot more give
Than take
After the vows
And the wedding cake

…and the honey moon
Turns into life
A ‘Til death do us part
Husband and Wife’
While we laugh, weep, 
And rearrange
What once we thought we knew
Then change

…our minds because
Love’s grin and grit
Is never how
We picture it
Yet, in spite of
All it will bring
Marriage is still
A pretty nice thing

© Janet Martin

Next week, June 3rd, James (husband) and I celebrate 28 years of 'a pretty nice thing'.


Thank you for your visit to this porch. I'd love to hear if or how this post/poem touched you!